There’s a lot of smoke blowing around the Indiana Pacers front office lately, and that could mean a huge change in the roster for the upcoming season.
Myles Turner is one of the names brought up more times than not, and the center will likely see his role changed if he somehow manages to stick around after this offseason, according to IndyStar’s J. Michael.
Can't say with any confidence yet that he's definitely staying or going anywhere. But understand A LOT of teams want Turner b/c of 3s, rim protection and he's on a great contract. If he stays, Bjorkgren will have him taking 5-6 3s a game. They wanna play faster
— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) November 12, 2020
The Pacers are active in trade talks surrounding both Turner and Victor Oladipo, and both are seeing a high probability of being moved.
If not, Turner could be subject to taking more 3-pointers than he’d like next season. He averaged four triple attempts a game last season, which could be slightly upticked to one or two more a game under new head coach Nate Bjorkgren. While his points per game would possibly see an increase, it’ll take away from his rebounding, which could cause an issue for the Pacers as well by not having him around the paint area.
Turner recently had a small exchanging of words with Oladipo’s sister, Victoria, after she subliminally suggested that Turner was the player who leaked the info about Oladipo asking other teams could he play for them. If that’s to be true, or if Oladipo’s camp feels that his time would be served best elsewhere from Turner, they could openly welcome a trade as well.
Both players have denied the reports suggesting that they’d like to be moved ahead of the season, but that hasn’t stopped the Pacers from engaging in talks with teams such as the Boston Celtics. President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard has also reportedly been in talks of a three-team trade centered around Turner, according to Michael.